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The Lehigh Valley IronPigs edged the Rochester Red Wings 2-1 Saturday evening at Frontier Field.
The Wings scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first when Kennys Vargas hit an RBI single into right field off IronPigs starter Drew Anderson, making the score 1-0. Vargas’ single scored Nick Gordon from third. Gordon reached base in the previous at bat with a triple that hit the centerfield wall.
The IronPigs responded in the top of the third with a bases-loaded single by Danny Ortiz off of Wings starter Fernando Romero, that scored two. Dean Anna scored from third, and Mitch Walding from second, to make the score 2-1 IronPigs.
DJ Baxendale took the mound in the top of the fourth for the Wings, ending Romero’s day after 3.0 innings pitched. Romero allowed three hits and two runs, both earned, while walking five and striking out three on 73 pitches, 38 of which were strikes.
Baxendale turned in 1.0 inning of work, allowing two hits on 19 pitches, 12 for strikes. Dietrich Enns entered the game in the top of the fifth to relieve Baxendale.
The IronPigs looked like they would score another run in the top of the seventh when Joey Meneses hit a single to left field with a runner in scoring position. However, a great throw from LaMonte Wade in left got J.P. Crawford at the plate as he tried to score from second, keeping the game at 2-1.
Tom Windle took the mound in the bottom of the seventh for Lehigh Valley, relieving Anderson who pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three hits and one run, earned, while striking out five and walking two on 98 pitches, 60 for strikes.
Enns was outstanding, turning in five scoreless relief innings in is first appearance back with the Wings after being promoted from Double-A Saturday. Enns allowed four hits and a walk, while striking out two and throwing 63 pitches – 36 for strikes.
The Wings made a bid to tie the score in the bottom of the ninth against All-Star closer Pedro Beato. A pair of singles by Jeremy Hazelbaker and Juan Graterol put runners at the corners with one out. But Beato got a double play grounder from Gordon to end the threat and the game.
Winning pitcher: Anderson (9-4)
Losing pitcher: Romero (5-6)
Save: Beato (35)
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The final homestand of the season continues with a 6:05 p.m. game Sunday night, with fireworks after the game.